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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1994-10-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1994-10-01

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Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Walkin' Blues, Althea, Me & My Uncle*-> Big River*, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, So Many Roads, Promised Land Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Way To Go Home, Saint of Circumstance-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> The Last Time-> Stella Blue-> One More Saturday Night E: Liberty

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Garden
Location Boston, MA

Source Bertha Remaster of Master DAT sourceSBD>DAT>CDA>SHN>DAW(Bertha)>CDA>SHN, via Jay Ashley, seeded to Etree by Hub Spencer


Bertha Remaster of Master DAT source
SBD>DAT>CDA>SHN>DAW(Bertha)>CDA>SHN, via Jay Ashley, seeded to Etree by Hub Spencer


Reviewer: PlanoTXDeadHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2015
Subject: Drums n Space
This show is an opportunity to focus on the genius of drums-space. Generally underappreciated, this night's offering is outstanding. I've always felt that portion of the show to be crucial to the overall trajectory of the trip, but more importantly it is awesome music. Free form music at that level is unheard of outside of the most cutting-edge jazz, and the dead were Jedi Masters with it. Anyhow check this second set out, it's wonderful...
Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2015
Subject: 94 Dead still had plenty o mojo!
Just getting into listening to the 1990-1995 period shows. These shows get a lot of flak for not being up to par. This show contradicts that assessment. Great versio of Scarlet Begonias/Fire On The Mountain.
Reviewer: glynspsa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2015
Subject: Judging for year 5 stars
judging for the band its a 3.5 stars. So i will give it 4 stars. This is the BEST Tom Thumb's Blues I have ever heard. I absolutely love this version. Solid Help Slip Franklins Solid Scarlet FIRE.I am sorry but this is so far from a 1 star show it is pathetic. The So Many Roads is excellent no the perfection some here make it out to be but it is excellent. A little vocally sloppy in the bebinning of the SMR keeps it from the best. This set one is Great followed by a rather nice set 2. Not the best they ever offered but far far from the worst.
Reviewer: JamsOnly - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2014
Subject: Good 94 Show
but don't flip out. Highlights: Slipknot!, So Many Roads (yea, you cried), Stella Blue
Reviewer: jpos - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2014
Subject: Best of 1994
This show is such a bright shining light in a sea of darkness that defined the last year or two of the Grateful Dead. Everything in the first set is played tight and with a lot of energy. Vince's playing is really nice without the too high in the mix annoying tinkling toy piano sound that he often used. Very tasteful. I don't know why Jerry's playing and energy are so much greater in this particular show compared to some pretty uninspired, dismal performances throughout the rest of the year up to that point. Perhaps he was aware that this would be the last music ever played in that building. Who knows? By any measure, any era, that first set smokes. Often in this era, a solid first set would be followed by a letdown in the second. Not on this night. For the naysayers, of this show and others, I think Way To Go Home was written for you. The recording and remaster version heard here is excellent. Very good balance between all the instruments. You can easily pick out any instrument in the mix. Any time someone is critical of the late period, this is the first show I use as an exception to that rule. A great show was not a regular occurrence in '94-'95. In fact, it was rare. But, if you are a Deadhead, this show can't be denied. Certainly one of the best, if not the best of the post-Brent shows.
Reviewer: Mrl4science - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2014
Subject: Last Great Show?
What are your thoughts?
For me, this is what I consider their "last great show".

Amazing set list and above-average playing..... And some really nice ones, especially So Many Roads and Help - Slip - Frank
Reviewer: bostontrep - - December 29, 2012
Subject: back in time
What a night at the old rat trap! It seemed as though the old man wanted to let us know that the curtain was yet to fall. The So Many Roads here still makes the hair on my neck stand up ... as if the shock wave was running through my soul and down to my feet. Thank you to archive and the work of it's contributors for taking me and others back in time to revisit great moments like these.
Reviewer: meeheal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2011
Subject: Thought that rhymes
really awesome concert! Wish I was there...

I hope the following might help those who seem to have an issue with tears (that shedding a tear means weakness). For some moments during some dead shows, I would say "It brings tears to my ears," just to avoid this conundrum.

Four stars based on everything up to space.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2011
Subject: 10-1-94
A tasty delight and very high quality sound. I respect the opinions of others but I can't believe someone gave this one star.It makes me wonder if this person even listened to this show. Also if you don't like this era why torture yourself by listening to these shows? I'll be the first to admit that by this point it was hit and miss due to Jerrys' health and addiction problems but on any given night they could still get it up. If you like this show check out 3-21-94 and 7-19-94. I prefer shows from '69 to '74, '77-'78, '89-'90 but this was still a hell of a bunch of musicians. You can't compare eras with this band. It's like apples and oranges.
Reviewer: daviejay - favorite - February 26, 2011
Subject: Terminal Decline.
By this time in their "career" the band were in terminal decline,and this show is proof positive. After stumbling through a first set with few highlights,they sink into utter apathy in the second."Scarlet > Fire" is boring boring boring,totally redundant of any musical ideas and completely directionless."Saint" is a total disgrace,Jerrys guitar work a complete shambles,out of tune and insipid whilst "Terrapin" is about as bad as it gets,something you just long to be over.The whole show is a total embarrassment,and clearly demonstrates that the band a)needed to take a long break from touring,or b)went on a year or so too long.
For those with rose tinted glasses - just compare this to 1990,1981,1977.... I could go on and on.
This is so sad,so very sad.
Reviewer: Offthebusalongtime - - January 26, 2011
Subject: deadpod
please check out rfk summer 91.

great show.
Reviewer: gratefulvince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2010
Subject: Good '94 show.
I checked out this show and 10/14 after reading in Blair Jackson's book "Garcia" when he mentions about "that fall of '94 there were monstrous versions of Scarlet>Fire at MSG & Boston Garden". As usual he was right. I've only been a Deadhead about a year now so 1994-1995 are the 2 years I've heard nothing of (I actually like a lot of shows in '92 & '93), this is the first and the Scarlet>Fire is easily the highlight of the show, but this is also the best version of So Many Roads I've heard in the later years. Jerry's singing is just really really strong this night. Can anyone else recommend some good '92-'94 shows?
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2010
Subject: So Many Roads...
Why down-grade the few good post 1991 shows by giving low ratings to the shows if you don't even supposedly like listening to 90s dead. Jerry's playing in the 90s degraded, we all know that, and its sad. But this show has great jamming, few vocal flubs, and Jerry is mentally and physically present with the rest of the Dead.

Highlights in my mind include a high-energy Franklins after a bumpy Help>Slip. The So Many Roads is one of the best, if not the best i have ever heard. Granted i'm not as varied in mid 90s dead, but this version sounds stellar. Great backup and lead vocals, no mistakes, sounds like G-Dead perfection. What an inspiring song, when done right. Many people regard this song as one of the only positive moments of the last show. Here this version shines as well. The Terrapin>Jam>Drums is sweet too. The instrumentals are on point and not mistake ridden.

It's sad that we have these few here-and-there shows from this period to pick apart, but i have to give this one a positive review, since it makes me smile to hear energy and effort in, at this point, a troubled scene and troubled band.
Reviewer: Solo Head - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2009
Subject: Good Show
Bass and drums having loads of fun. Jerry playing well and twisting the arrangements. Bob staying out of every one's way, at times.
Best 94 show I've heard. 4 star show post '91
Reviewer: kyrad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2008
Subject: wow
I am still trying to get over this one! Setlist is still blowing my mind! Thanks to everyone who was there and helped me along the many roads.

Tapers rock!
Reviewer: Loyd_Braun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2008
Subject: damn
This show was unbelievable. Seeing the Dead at the last shows in the Garden was incredible. I mean, not only was the setlist money, but they also nailed it too. Obviously, the So Many Roads was a highlight, but I was equally impressed with the Althea, and the HSF...damn, I get all goosebumpy just thinking about that night...
Reviewer: sky dog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2007
Subject: I used to be skeptical of 90s shows
This one converted me.

Help>Slipknot>Franklin's is tight, Garcia has a grimy guitar tone during Slipknot. Franklin's Tower is very light and happy, as it always should be.

M&MU, Big River, Promised Land...all very crisp with high energy.

I love the MIDI flute during Scarlet Begonias.
Reviewer: Trevor tnt Toll - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2007
Subject: Sick
Wow i really saw a great show that night. I remember philly being better but now listening to this show i wonder if this wasn't the best show of the tour.Like im getting shivers listening to althea and the opener was awesome help me melt like soft ice cream. The sound is crisp and should be apart of everyones collection.
Reviewer: verylazylightning - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2007
Subject: Drop Dead Gorgeous
Unspeakably sublime! It's one thing to not like
a show for song selection, playing idiosyncracies,
dislike of tonal settings, too much or too little
acid, but this show, if you have an educated ear
for musicianship and the Grateful Dead, bears up
as simply spectacular.
I guess the only way you could ever convince the
tiny few who thought this wasn't world-class musicianship would be to have the show transcribed
and then painstakingly compared to other shows acknowledged as all-time masterpieces from earlier
decades. Such a deconstruction would amply demonstrate this show stands up to the strictest
scrutiny in terms of ability.
But, then again, many people are satisfied with
two consecutive hours of three power chords, played endlessly in succession. There are still
lots of bands out there that satisfy this criterion.
Reviewer: Sugar23ee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2007
Subject: So Many Roads
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!Garcia's rendition of "So Many Roads" at this show was as soulful as one could be singing into a mircophone. I can listen to it everyday.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2007
Subject: Every Song a Proverbial Delight
Great performance. Great recording. Great remastering. Jerry is passionate, Bob is right in the pocket, Phil is on top, Billy and Mickey are just all over it, and Vince is invincibly convincing. A triumphant declaration. So Many Roads ~ exquisite. Scarlet Jerry bobs and weaves, explores so many crevices of the benign punching bag taking you out and reeling you back in, then a little farther out, then reel you back in. Into the fire out of the flame, into the fire out of the flame. Time cooking extravangance. Sometimes everybody assembled feels good at the same instant and you have these kinds of times. This is a time that shocks with its intensity, so much else of the surrounding year is considered negligence. Everbody is feeling too good in this one and I sense that it will prove to tax Jerry's endurance. You can hear him giving not only his all but something more. Provocative way to lead you home via once of total surprise and astonishment. Way to Go Home. It's a long way. It's a long long way to go back to your job and make it there in one piece. You're awake! Even in the depths of drowse you are awake, Saint! ...and

Saint means "A Sanctified One" You are a sanctified one! Holes in the knees of your blues!
Big slop out by Jerry indicating the rexless a-band-done but sensing he was adrift, happily adrift, happily so...and not caring about the consequences with the rain falling down let him float. Just let him float a crashing dodging red-blue terrapin. Waking up! Falling asleep. Waking up! Falling asleep. All golden.

enter: the drums into space causing me to instantly recall all the Geometry I missed in the tenth grade. This is an uncle at a family reunion whom you initially despise but end up liking. Whistling into the grief shrouds, effervescing. Strategic freezing. Whistling it goes past wielding its holy decibel. Saying: This could be the last time. It whistles itself into Stella Blue
takes a deep breath. Jerry goes all out ad-libbing
many additional repeatings. And as he cries you can hear right down into the very substance of all that he was.

Absolutely superb show. As last gasp effort with the Grateful Dead for Jerry he gave it all he had and more on this night. This was a final hurrah.
A sweet swan song all purple and gold the way you like it.

He found his own way home.
He found his own way home.
Reviewer: fultronic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2006
Subject: this was the night
Even before the show, Garcia walked on stage with the "I still got it" grin. Oh he still had it. I love his phrasing on Althea, stella and So many Roads. Once in a while you get shown the light!!!
Reviewer: Pourik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2006
Subject: I love this show...
...great quality + an oustanding performance...and it's no mystery that this night's So Many Roads has been mentioned numerous's moving to say the least...
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2006
Subject: One of the last GREAT Shows
The Althea on this brilliant matrix is simply too rockin' to be believed. Bobby on acoustic on Me & My Uncle! The Matrix mix is terrific, with excellent cymbals and drums and nice low bass. Jerry is ON from the first chords of Help on the Way. His vocals are sweet and sound strong here, just as his playing is right on. So many roads indeed...
Has to be 5 Stars.
Reviewer: TheLordOfEltingville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2006
Subject: My last show...
What a great way to end a long, strange trip. I've got nothing but good things to say about this show (and this recording).
Reviewer: laptaper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2006
Subject: Waterworks are an option
Cry, don't cry, be true to yourself. You're the only one who'll ever have the privilege of being you, so you might as well use it.
Reviewer: tamedturtle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2006
Subject: surprised
didnt think i could give any 94s more than 3 stars but i was wrong strong so many roads def on key no flubing or mumbling of too many lyrics on jerrys part (by this time i think he could of messed more up than got more right it seems)but that certainly wasnt the case tonight great transistions and an amazingly good terrapin stella was just absolutely beautiful actually i can not pick a highlight of the second set it was all great but the smr was def the shining star of the first set an almost five star performance if not for the first set but the second set is worth more than a few listens and i think every collector should have this show in their collection (most consider 10/14 msg the highlight of the tour take my advice dont listen to them this is where it is at in 94)
Reviewer: DavidGlasses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2006
Subject: Hate to admit but it's a damn good show
I have to preface and say that I'm an ardent NY'er. And consequently, I have a prejudice against all things Boston-- and that extends to the comparison of Dead shows. But I have to say that the 10/1 Boston show is damn good show-- and arguably the best of '94. The band is clearly "on," and they're into it. More significantly, I've done some side-by-side comparisons of the two infamous '94 Scarlet>Fires (10/1 Boston and 10/14 NYC) and, though it kills me to say it, I have to give a slight nod to the Boston version as better. It's important to recognize that the 10/14 version is a rather uniquely sprawling landscape, with jagged peaks and valleys (including that explosive ending). But the Boston version is cleaner, tighter, and features a beautiful MIDI flute solo by Jerry. I don't agree with those who think Jerry noodled away parts of the 10/14 version; I think he's legitimately taking his time, and stretching out a bit (see his oblique, "sliding" notes during the big jam-- an approach he references again during the next song, LL Rain). But the Boston version is even a bit sharper. 10/1/94 is also a better show than 3/30/94, and adds credence to the theory that the Dead (and Jerry in particular) were surprisingly coherent in Fall '94-- perhaps to make amends for the awful summer tour, or perhaps because Garcia was temporarily tending to his health. In summary, if someone wanted to do a Dick's Pick for '94, it should be 10/1 (with any filler material grabbed from set one of 10/13-- everything from Loser through Let it Grow in that set is a lot of fun, and Dupree's is terrific).
Reviewer: Hilder,rebuilder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: The "SMR" project
SEE 1992,2,21 'getting them all!----Jerry is in bliss!!!---- Almost disco,----WARNING; The born again christian croud could steal this virsion, and use it as a sound track for their lives!!!!
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2006
Subject: 10-1-94
I love that Jerry sings "heal my soul" on the SMR refrain instead of "ease my soul". It adds even more meaning to this version.
Reviewer: MCSZ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2005
Subject: 5 Stars
Reviewer: JaMmM On - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2005
Subject: excellent quality
garcia sounds terrific... excellent tone on the guitar... fat and rich... 5 for sound quality... 4 for perfomance... bobby and the rest of the boys are backing him up nicely... nice solo in tower, and fire... overall 4 and half..
Reviewer: Simard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2005
Subject: Talkin' Fire
Good show, great to be there ... Garcia bouncing (well, bending his knees) during the Tower. Good sound on this show ... Listen to the Fire, Jerry takes off at the end (only for a few moments): "fire, talkin about a fire on the mountain..." Worth it.
Reviewer: Htfdfiredeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2005
Subject: Boys Don't Cry
But Heads with hearts do. And, yep, so did The Big Guy. Saw him do so myself on more than one occasion. The d*ck who's "seen them more than ANYONE" must have missed those shows. This Roads really is beautiful. I wasn't at this one, but there's some serious passion in Garcia's voice... and tears (GASP!) often accompany that kind of passion. IMHO tears shed or not are one of many things that separate Deadheads from dead fans. This is a really good show. Listen to this Roads by by candlelight at a good med. to low-loud volume. If ya don't get at least a couple goosebumps I'll send you a quarter. Peace to all.
Reviewer: Leshtricity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2005
Subject: The reality is this...
Some of you guys are being very douchebag-ish for deadheads. I guess you were the kinds of guys I avoided at dead shows.

I was at the Dead show in Tampa, FL July 30th, 2003, and they played So Many Roads for the first time in ages, and my friend and I cried our damn eyes out, right there in front of everyone. It was very emotional. I don't have a problem with that, and anyone who does is an asshole. Music invokes emotions in different people...that's reality.

And I have seen tears in Jerry's eyes...there's a video of SMRoads floating around from a show in Vegas in '94, and you can clearly see.

Some of you are an absolute fucking disgrace to deadheads and the benevolent nature most of us live by.

This show is good. Not perfect, but good. I love '90s shows myself, and this one isn't exactly as hot as July '90, but it's a damn fine show nonetheless. If you like '90s shows, download and enjoy.
Reviewer: Leshtricity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2005
Subject: The reality is this...
Some of you guys are being very douchebag-ish for deadheads. I guess you were the kinds of guys I avoided at dead shows.

I was at the Dead show in Tampa, FL July 30th, 2003, and they played So Many Roads for the first time in ages, and my friend and I cried our damn eyes out, right there in front of everyone. It was very emotional. I don't have a problem with that, and anyone who does is an asshole. Music invokes emotions in different people...that's reality.

And I have seen tears in Jerry's eyes...there's a video of SMRoads floating around from a show in Vegas in '94, and you can clearly see.

Some of you are an absolute fucking disgrace to deadheads and the benevolent nature most of us live by.

This show is good. Not perfect, but good. I love '90s shows myself, and this one isn't exactly as hot as July '90, but it's a damn fine show nonetheless. If you like '90s shows, download and enjoy.
Reviewer: the_fenman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2005
Subject: mnhed & Tito
It's called having respect for a band that brought joy to thousands for 30 years, what do you care if someone thinks this was the best show in the world? I'm sure it was for some...everyone knows Jerry was in rough shape at this point, EVERYONE knows that, why you feel to the need to point out how bad he was in every review is beyond me...just be thankful he walked up on stage this night and was able to even pick up his guitar. I'd give anything to just see him do that right now! so stop being such b*tches and show some f*cking respect!

Show: 4 Sound: 4.5
Reviewer: mnhed - favorite - July 15, 2005
Subject: Most overrated ever?
It baffles me how this show is so highly regarded. It's a complete slop fest like most mid-90's shows. How can one's standards be so low to think this was a good performance? And everybody raving about Jerry yelling the vocals at the end of So Many Roads? It's the least he can do to make up for the constant f-ups earlier in the song. And what's up with Weir's ice pick guitar sound? I guess it doesn't take much to impress some of you kids.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2005
Subject: the stella battle
I know people get pissy about rating stellas and so many roads, but I have to thank them for doing so. I was led to this show based on that and because 94 isn't that great I would have missed out a very good night. I like this show a lot and have to say 2 fantastic versions of the above mentioned songs. very solid throughout. Although liberty is a mess.
Reviewer: Sixtus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: Garden Rocked this Night
I too attended this show with a gaggle of friends from UVM, but sadly we didn't get into the GArden until Franklin's had kicked in. So elated to revisit this one now with a pristine copy for happy ears.

Tagging onto some of the previous comments, I fully concur that Jerry's vocals ripped during So Many Roads. I get goosebumps listening to that song, especially at the end during the refrain, he lets it all go. You can feel the band rising behind him as he hits his cresendo, vocals fully charged and energized. There is some serious emotion being spewed during those precious few moments. They just as forcefully as it swelled, it equally disappates into nearly quiet nothingness. Shivers, man.

Also noteworthy are his vocals in Stella Blue - a very similar ending to that song takes the refrain into the stratosphere.

But for me, the real kickers this night were the Help/Slip/Franklin's opener and the Second Set Scarlet/Fire opener. Franklin's is definitely up-tempo and giddy; the Scarlet/Fire is well played and the boys didnt hold back on the transition at all - no wimping out occurred. I also really enjoy the midi-flute Jerry plays, although I wish he fiddled with it longer. It's cool to hear them change it up and add that kind of variation to the transistion. There is a great midi-flute Scarlet/Fire transition played during the '91 Halloween show - sweet indeed.
Reviewer: touch heads rule - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
Subject: .
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2005
Subject: wHAT THE f&%$k?
Why does everyone always say things like"the terrapin will bring tears to your eyes"or"jerry had tears in his eyes during stella blue"?This is utterly ridiculous.I have seen more shows that anyone that comes hear and I have NEVER had "tears in my eyes"or have i ever seen Garcia have "tears in his eyes".The Grateful dead is by far the greatest band ever to me,but i never fucking cried.Jerry might of had tears of joy in his eyes for all the money he was making.
Tghis is a great show BTW...look at my other reviews by clicking on my name
Reviewer: so many roads - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2005
My favorite show out of the 40 I was fortunate enough to see. Jerry was so on all night. I remember him rocking hard in his black shorts. One of the best shows of the 90's. I hope it becomes a Dick's Picks or DVD one day.
Reviewer: so many roads - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2005
My favorite show out of the 40 I was fortunate enough to see. Jerry was so on all night. I remember him rocking hard in his black shorts. One of the best shows of the 90's. I hope it becomes a Dick's Picks or DVD one day.
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2005
Subject: TEARS!!!!!
Reviewer: Gooseberry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2005
Subject: Sorry for you
If the Dead never brought tears to your eyes then I guess you're just not like that, I'm sorry for you, I guess music isn't as emotional of an experience for you. Me, I've cried with joy many times at shows, sometimes even listening to tapes.
Reviewer: TheDead6595 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2005
Subject: This One Has It All!
Great setlist, excellent sound quality, high
energy from Uncle Jerry and the boys. What more
could you ask for? Why are you reading this instead of downloading this show? IMHO this could
be one of my favorite shows of the Vince era.
Reviewer: tennessee_jed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2005
Subject: Re: Scarlet 11:25
Nice call on the flute-MIDI thing that Jerry does during the Scar->Fire transition. After the Fire, I looked at my buddy, and at the same time we said "he did the transition with the flute!!! I love the sounds that Jerry made with that MIDI-the Bird Song on Without A Net is amazing too. I also liked the trumpet sound he would do during Let it Grow, Mexicalli and some others . . .
Reviewer: Oh My Dearest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2004
Subject: It's the singing of the song.
Im surprised none of the reviews have mentioned Jerry's vocal performance in this show. This show is a good dead show, for a solo vince show it's particulalry good at times even great. Great set, good energy and preety tight. For me what really makes this show, flubbed lyrics and all is the passion in Jerry's singing, particulalry on Fire(listen to the end), the Stella Blue, and my god the So Many Roads. I always got the feeling that Jerry was the type of musician who wanted to vocally let it rip, but for whatever reasons (voice control, nerves) didn't. Instead in those emotionally charged moments it seemed that he would turn to his guitar playing and that this would usually more than compensate. In the songs I listed above, the opposite happened. Not that Jerry's playing was weak, throughout this show there's some beautiful tender moments and some kick ass rocking. Rather, his singing was just exceptional. To me in terms of pure emotional wailing, I've never heard better. If someone has please let me know. The So Many Roads, is a great example of a song where in other versions it seems like vocally he's wanted to go farther, but didn't while in this version he's just singing with everything he has. Give it a listen you'll hear what Im talking about.
Reviewer: BlackPeter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2004
Subject: 11:30 into Scarlet
Hi guys.....

i dont often write any reviews here, but i just had to put my 2 cents in on an amateur guitar player and total anal taper head who picks up on "every little thing" (to the point that I start to annoy people!) Ive just got to say that at 11:25 into the Scarlet track, Jerry starts doing this little MIDI flute thing, and right as Jerry starts to get cooking on it, Phil immediately starts RIPPING into the Fire bass line and Jerry INSTANTLY takes that little riff and weaves it into a variation on the Fire rythum (ala Cornell). its a split second thing, but you have to hear it. It will bring tears to your eyes.

I know im being long-winded right now, but just FIND 11:25 on the Scarlet track and LISTEN, youll see what I mean....its very subtle, and only lasts from around 11:25 to 12:15, but its absolutely PRICELESS. The way Jerry and Phil are bouncing off each other is beautifull. Unfortunatley Welnick ruins it with that "tinkle" sound that drives me crazy....

When I hear a little 20 second thing like that, it makes me realize how great Jerry really was....There are plenty of talented guitarists out there, but not many are as flexible and able to change gears on such short notice as Ole' Jerr was...

I miss you man, sometimes I dream about you, and my 2 year old daughter is already dancing to View From the Vault Vols. 1-4!

I'll never forget walking right past you one rainy day in the late 80's, near Grand Central Station in NYC, the street was fairly empty for that time of day and you were wearing a very stylish raincoat and were well groomed. I didnt say anything to you because you had a depressed look on your face. you looked sad. But i know in my heart it was looked me right in the eyes....

I came home to Queens later that evening and found out that JGB were playing that night at the Meadowlands....

i miss you Ole Jerr'
may you forever be in gods arms......

Reviewer: fez_43 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2004
Subject: okay kids.
this was my 5th show, and by far the best I ever saw...the 5 star rating is relative in this case, as I feel it is indeed the 'last great show' and that has a lot to do with it. I would have to disagree with the idea that this is not one of the top 10 or even 5 post brent shows- even though I am a HUGE hornsby fan I feel that this show is at the top of the list post brent regardless...The garden was ROCKING this evening and for the first time in my young (18) life I finally came in contact with 'IT'- and it changed my life. By contrast the sat night MSG show (the only other show i got into that fall) paled in comparison, as does nearly every show 92-95 IMO. Im sure it means more to me that I was there, but I also feel that this show stands on its own as the last TRULY magical night that the boys had before the passing of St.Jerome.Old schoolers sometimes lose sight of the fact that some of us were not blessed enough to have been born early enough to see anything but Vince shows, if that, and for us it is truly one of the most magical nights in GD history.So dont hate just cause we werent born yet- just my 2 cents....
Reviewer: velociraptor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2004
Subject: can't get enough of a good thing
No matter where you stand on this show, one thing's for certain, whatever mood the Dead were in on any particular night was reflected in the music. Some shows were more up tempo and revved, others were more laid back and spacey. That's what kept (and still keeps) us coming back for more. The beauty of it all is that there's so much to choose from.
Reviewer: DeadPod - favoritefavorite - August 13, 2004
Subject: Went to the complete Boston Run
These shows are marginal - nowhere in the top 10 for the 90s........the entire spring 90 tour alone blows this stuff was nice to see them play........but there is nothing past summer of 1990 that can even come close to a 5 star rating........let's get real youngsters..
Reviewer: nf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Are you kidding?
Don't know what Gankmore is listening on, but the SBD version doesn't even come close to the Bertha version.
Reviewer: nf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Are you kidding?
Don't know what Gankmore is listening on, but the SBD version doesn't even come close to the Bertha version.
Reviewer: delavagus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2004
Subject: Bertha
FYI, I compared this copy with the other SBD available here, and I think this copy's superior.
Reviewer: gankmore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2004
Subject: Doesn't sound as clean as the other source.
SSIA. Great show though. Check out the" rel="nofollow">SBD.
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2004
Subject: Solid show
Had a cassette of this one and was so happy to upgrade to disc. This is a very solid show with great jamming. The whole band is definately into it. Without a doubt, one of my top ten of the nineties!
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